Jones drives in 2, Orioles beat AngelsJul 24, 2011 - 3:57 AM Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Adam Jones knocked in two runs, including a solo homer in the fourth, and the Orioles beat the Angels, 3-2, to take the second of a three-game set at Camden Yards.
J.J. Hardy went 3-for-4 and Nick Markakis knocked in a run en route to Baltimore's fourth win in seven games.
Brad Bergesen (2-6) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings to earn his first win since beating Tampa Bay on May 14.
Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer and Erick Aybar went 3-for-4, but the Angels had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Joel Pineiro (5-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
"I just have to get back to getting the ball down and in," Pinero said. "I feel great, I feel good, it was just up. Everything, sliders, curveball and everything was up. It's just a matter of going back out there and working down in the zone really."
Baltimore took a 3-2 lead after scoring two runs in the fifth that proved to be the difference. Robert Andino and Craig Tatum hit back-to-back singles to start the inning before Hardy flew out to center, moving Andino to third. Markakis followed with a single to center to plate Andino and also moved Tatum to third. Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to left to knock in Tatum.
"I'm not trying to put too much pressure on myself, I did enough of that last year," Jones said. "I'm just trying to seize the opportunity. I get an opportunity to hit in the middle of the lineup, and I'd like to stay there."
The Angels then blew two opportunities to tie the game in the sixth and ninth. Aybar led off the sixth with a double then Torii Hunter walked to put two on with no outs, but Bergesen was able to retire the next three hitters to leave the inning unscathed.
In the ninth, Alberto Callaspo laced a two-out double to right center, but Kevin Gregg, who came in to close the game, was able to pick up his 16th save after striking out Howie Kendrick to end the game.
The Angels scored their only runs in first inning to take a 2-0 lead. After Bobby Abreu drew a two-out walk, Wells sent a 1-1 offering into the left-field bleachers.
In the fourth, Jones blasted a first-pitch slider just inside the left-field foul pole for a solo home run, his 17th of the year.
The temperature at first pitch was 102 degrees...Hardy notched his first three-hit game since June 14...Baltimore improved to 32-3 in games it leads after seven innings...Los Angeles activated Peter Bourjos from the 15-day disabled list, and the outfielder went 0-for-3 in his return...The Angels fell to 10-35 when out-hit by their opponents.
- LOS ANGELES: 2
Jul 23 9:28 PM
- Adam Jones sacrifice fly to left scored Craig Tatum with two out. Runner on first and Mark Reynolds due up.
Angels 2, Orioles 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 23 8:22 PM
- Adam Jones lead-off Home Run (17) to left. Mark Reynolds due up.
Angels 2, Orioles 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 23 7:59 PM
- Vernon Wells two-out, two-run Home Run (16) to left scored Bobby Abreu. Alberto Callaspo due up.
Angels 2, Orioles 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 23 7:13 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 23 7:06 PM
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